Father Mike Bayard, SJ
My name is Fr. Mike Bayard, S.J. and I am a member of the Jesuit West Province. In early February 2023, I arrived at St. Joseph Catholic Church to serve as Parish Priest. I am here to serve the sacramental needs of our parish and partner with Frances Farrell, our Pastoral Coordinator, and our Parish Leadership Team to assure effective pastoral care in our parish.
Prior to arriving in Vancouver, I worked at Seattle University in their Center for Jesuit Education as the Jesuit Assistant for Pastoral and Spiritual Outreach. Essentially this work provided formation in the Jesuit Catholic mission among the university’s faculty and staff.
While serving at Seattle University, I also assisted with sacramental and pastoral ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle, one of the many Jesuit parishes in the Jesuits West Province.
In May 2021, I finished seven years at the Jesuits West Provincial Office in Portland, Oregon where I served as the Provincial Assistant for Mission Integration and Spiritual Ministries; and prior to that as the Socius to the Provincial of the Oregon and Jesuits West Provinces. Socius is a Latin term that translates as “companion.”
I am originally from Milwaukee, WI and I entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in St. Paul, MN in 1987. On June 12,1998 I was ordained a priest and served as associate pastor of Gesu Parish in Milwaukee before moving to Seattle University in 2000, where I worked for 14 years as the Campus Minister for Ignatian Retreats, the co-director of Magis: Alumni Living the Mission, and as Director of Campus Ministry.
Please feel free to contact me anytime.